Intel to Build Hacker-Resistant Chipsets

LaGrande Technology promises to stop viruses and hackers.

Paul Otellini, president of Intel Corp., said the company will provide hardware-based security features in its next generation of chipsets. The effort, code-named LaGrande Technology, is being designed to stop hackers and viruses from attacking systems with Intel chips on their motherboards.

Speaking at the Intel Developer Forum in San Jose, Calif., Otellini said LaGrande will be the core hardware technology for the Intel Safer Computing initiative.

Otellini first introduced the Intel Safer Computing program in April at the Microsoft Windows Hardware Engineering conference in Seattle. At the time, Otellini said, “More robust hardware with specific security features is fundamental to building greater levels of protection for businesses as software-based attacks increase.”

According to a company spokesperson, LaGrande will begin to appear in the Intel product line over the next two to three years. While it is not yet clear whether LaGrande will touch the entire Intel product set, it is being positioned as a key technology for protecting hardware execution, storage, and memory for e-business environments.

Intel says more details on LaGrande will be made available over the next three to four months.

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